We have just returned from a hectic four day safari around the Southern Highlands visiting as many open gardens as time would permit. We stayed at the Poplars Motel at Mittagong, where I found the most beautifully coloured toilet seat I have ever seen, it was a red rose. I am sure this was part of the theme for the garden festival. Anyone with a love for beautiful gardens should visit this area around this time, the gardens are truly spectacular and the styles and colours are amazing, one lady in Robertson had more than 500 potted plants decorating her yard, some were huge and her espaliers were amazing. Some gardens featured huge trees as well as beautiful natives and other plants from all around the world. Continue reading
Eat your Weeds – Foraging
I am a Naturopath so I am meant to be weird, sort of like a journalistic licence, I am more weird than most of the Naturopaths that I know because I actually worship and follow science. Prove it or remove it was my catch cry for many years, long before I completed my Masters Degree in Clinical Science -Lifestyle Medicine at Southern Cross University. I only stopped using it because it was seen as an incivility and any incivility attracts a negative response.
In 1979 a very tall, very overweight fellow that worked with me took what appeared to be a serious heart attack and was rushed to Canberra hospital where he was kept for a few days and then released. He was told to change his diet, avoid stress, exercise and lose weight which was like telling a duck it was not allowed to swim anymore, he couldn’t do it. He was very concerned because he had been told by a fortune teller a couple of years before that he would die from a heart attack at age 42 and he now was 42 years old.
After a month or so he was informed by Canberra that he had not had a heart attack it was a stress attack which is a very poorly defined diagnosis. Another fellow had been lifted off a trawler by helicopter and taken to Canberra with a suspected heart attack shortly after I moved from the Bega clinic to this Eden clinic. He also was told that he had not had a heart attack, which he found hard to believe because any exertion put him on the floor in a foetal position because of pain. Continue reading
It sounds corny doesn’t it but many a person has fallen in love with the wrong person only to regret it for the rest of their lives, and you can draw the exact same analogy with food. You can fall fall in love with food that causes heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome. This is a dangerous liaison, the object of your affection is simply not worth the pain and agony you will go through, your love is simply not being returned so leave now and seek a more rewarding partnership. I know true love never runs smooth but this is ridiculous, you spend a fortune on them and they reward you by killing you.
As a science loving Naturopath/Nutritionist with a specialty in Lifestyle Medicine I am always drawn to research that investigate food and disease as if by some magnetic force and today was no different. An Australian study (Canberra & Queanbeyan) was published online 8th Sept, 2015 associating a western diet with shrunken hippocampus amongst a cohort of 60 year olds Jacka FN, Cherbuin N, Anstey KJ, Sachdev P, and Butterworth P (2015).
Working in the vegetable garden is a great way to not only get lifestyle medicine (activity, mindfulness etc) but also to grow healthy food using organic methods. Everyone knows that vegetables grown in our own gardens always taste better than vegetables grown on a commercial scale, whether this is directly related to chemicals used to grow vegetables at maximum speed for early markets.
Whatever the reason the tomatoes grown in my garden always seem to taste better as does my Tuscan Kale, Beetroot, Lettuce, Potatoes (sweet and plain), Corn, Cabbage, Perpetual Spinach, Garden Peas, Sweet Peas, Climbing Beans, Cucumber, Egyptian Walking Onions, Garlic, Globe Artichoke. The photo on the left was taken during the first week of spring – September in the Southern Hemisphere.Continue reading
This clinic only believes in evidence based medicine and always has done so, from early qualifications in nutrition, through naturopathy and into lifestyle medicine with Southern Cross University. Evidence based medicine is the bible for medicine regardless of whatever form of medicine you practice, or it should be, because if it is not you are not only deceiving yourself but also your patients. A couple of centuries ago a chap called Hippocrates claimed we should let medicine be thy food and food be thy medicine (he spoke funny like that) http://lifestylemedicinevillage.com/wp-admin/post-new.php.Continue reading
When you look back to the 1950’s – 1960’s you remember the Greeks, Italians coming to Australia in large numbers to work on the Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme. These Mediterranean people missed their beautiful coffee made at 55C-60C and their food wine and eating habits. Even when they imported coffee beans and ground them the Australians (trained by English tea drinkers) couldn’t make drinkable coffee, and they found the food intolerable Continue reading
Dementia is a terrible disease and most of us fear it. As we age we seem to worry about dementia a lot more than we should, perhaps because of all the media articles and horror stories from friends. Older people worry more when they walk into a room and can’t remember why they entered the room. We inwardly panic when we can’t remember some-ones name we are familiar with or when we forget information we have known for years.Continue reading
Almost every issue of major science journals including the American Institute Of Cancer Research a new detrimental finding is explained for weight gain. Another cancer has been linked to being fat today. Kidney cancer now joins the ever growing list of more than 10 different cancers all linked to being over weight. Today they added another risk factor for developing cancer. We knew from past research that short people had more heart disease, high blood pressure and strokes than tall people but today scientists have added being tall to an increased risk of cancer.Continue reading